Everyone knows I have a huge calling to help those less fortunate, so it comes at no surprise that 50 Cent going to Africa this month really touched my heart. I mean I also love 50 Cent, but knowing that he realizes that his power, and financial abilities, can save lives makes him even more appealing as a human and entertainer. A few blogs back I reported that 50 Cent was going to make a difference "by announcing that part of the proceeds from his new energy drink would be used to help fight hunger in Africa, some questioned whether his motives were genuine. But the rapper says he's making a difference, and since a visit to the continent earlier this month, he's a changed man.
The rapper-turned-humanitarian flew to Kenya and Somalia with World Food Program earlier this month to witness the effects of hunger firsthand. He has a goal to provide one billion meals to hungry children over the next five years. Every purchase of Street King, an energy drink the rapper promotes and launched last fall, will provide a meal for a person in need through the United Nations' program. So far, the rapper says he's provided more than 3.5 million meals.
50 Cent said he was touched by the children he visited in Nairobi, the capitol of Kenya. He said the children were oblivious to their living situation, and showed the same optimistic energy you would see from American kids on the playground.
"They have one meal a day, the same meal every day," he said. "There's nothing there — within their eyes and the way that they interacted with each other — that would indicate that they feel deprived in any way. They are the exact kids that you would see here, and that was so confusing. It made you want to pick them up and take them home with you, but you can't. ... So you have to do something that makes a difference."
I am touched, and enthusiastic that he is serving as an example of what tons of those in power can do with their riches. We should not only glamorize the power we have, but use it to be a changing factor in our nation.